Author: Jon Manson

Men’s Basketball Notebook

Roster turnover Every offseason brings a wave of uncertainty as transfers have become the norm in college basketball. There have already been over 500 announced transfers from Division I programs and Liberty is no different. Ezra Talbert, Isaiah Williams, Ryan Hiepler, and Brody Hicks will all be playing elsewhere in 2018-19. That quartet combined to score 6.6 points per game this past season, albeit with Hiepler redshirting. “(I’m) excited for Ez, Isaiah, Brody, and Ryan,” McKay said. “They’re all looking for opportunities to expand their playing experience, and I’m an advocate for that. They served well in their time...

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Flames pick up DIII Transfer

Coach McKay and staff have picked up a graduate transfer from Keenan Gumbs, a 6’4″ guard from Division III Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. He has one season of eligibility remaining and is immediately eligible. This past season, Gumbs led Schreiner to its first ever conference title, winning the SCAC tournament championship to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Gumbs was named SCAC 2017-18 Player of the Year and earned the SCAC men’s basketball tournament MVP. He averaged 21.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 43.3% from 3. In 28 games played this past season, Gumbs...

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MBB Recruiting Update with 2 Vacancies now on Roster

In the early signing period this past November, Coach McKay and staff signed three high school athletes in Josh Price, Darius McGhee, and Blake Preston. Now, with Isaiah Williams and Ezra Talbert transferring, the Flames have two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season. Prospective student-athletes can sign as early as April 11th. One high school prospect, who has flown under the radar, has received an offer from the Flames recently. David “Dew” Ware averaged 25.6 points and 13.4 rebounds for Caroline High School this past season. In addition to the Liberty offer, he also has an offer from Division...

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2017 FCS Leading Rusher Transferring to Liberty

The Flames have added another piece to its football roster as Liberty continues to build its talent base for its move to the FBS level. On Saturday, Josh Mack decided to transfer to Liberty. Mack comes to the Hill City through the University of Maine where he led all of FCS in rushing as a sophomore in 2017 with 1,335 yards and 9 touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He was also 2nd on the Black Bears in receiving with 30 catches for 209 yards. His 133.9 rushing yards per game led all FCS rushers and was 3rd...

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ESPN Football Power Index Projects Liberty to win 4.5 games in 2018

ESPN’s Football Power Index has ranked Liberty as #117 out of 130 FBS programs entering the 2018 season, the Flames’ first as a member of college football’s top classification. The FPI projection has Liberty winning 4.5 games in 2018. Liberty’s two matchups with FCS programs are given the highest win probability with a 95.8% likelihood of beating Norfolk State and 88.7% chance of beating Idaho State. The only other game FPI gives Liberty a greater than 50% chance of winning is the season finale against New Mexico State (51.1%). The season and home opener on September 1st against Old...

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